In an already trying year, Colorado peach farmers watched this summer as crop yields swung wildly between 0 and 100%. For consumers around the state, that meant less of a precious summer commodity — the Palisade peach — but more fruits filling in from the state’s other peach-growing parts. You can still find Palisade peaches, too, if you know where to look.
With temperatures plunging across many regions of Australia, growers in those areas have been forced to take radical action in a bid to save crops, but some are already badly damaged. Growers in South Australia's Riverland have seen temperatures drop to -5oCelsius at Sunlands, about 200 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, with the Bureau of Meteorology having recorded the state's coldest temperature at -5.8oCelsius in Gluepot.
As if farmers didn’t have their hands full with the effects of the Corona-virus, they are braced for more icy weather as freezing temperatures threaten to damage this year’s fruit crop. Orchard owners in Georgia’s Greene and Columbia counties said they could see damage to the apple, peach, cherry and plum crops if temperatures fall below freezing this week, as the National Weather Service is predicting.
Wisconsin farmers are adjusting to growing crops in wet and cold conditions after last year’s weather challenges, crop specialists said. The weather last spring delayed crop growth and harvesting, the Wisconsin Public Radio reported. It also led to a record number of unused acres by federal crop insurance deadlines.
Little rain has rained compared to what it would take to fill the reservoirs. This year the situation is worse compared to 2019 when water resources were sufficient. Medium-late and late varieties of peaches, percoche, and nectarines are in bloom. For many cultivars the flowering is very poor and uneven, therefore low yields are expected.
A heavy cold front hit Turkey with snow and temperatures dropping to -15°C in some parts of the country. Fruit and vegetable crops were affected, particularly citrus groves in the Adana region, the leading citrus fruit producer in Turkey, boasting around 30 thousand hectares destined to the cultivation of oranges, lemons, and tangerines.
A cool September meant a lot of Washington’s Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were still hanging when early freezes hit in early October, creating widespread harvest chaos and crop loss — at a time when the industry already faced an oversupply. Kevin Corliss, vice president of vineyards for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, declined to put a number to the loss but called it one of the top-three weather-damage events in his career.
Huelva's strawberry production has been slowed down by the low temperatures recorded in recent days, so the volume harvested so far is insignificant, according to Rafael Domínguez, manager of Freshuelva. Regarding the demand, Domínguez said that "the European supply and demand of strawberries at Christmas have stood at the usual levels for that time of the year, after which the demand has dropped considerably and is currently scarce."
A steep fall in mercury level due to ongoing cold waves has started causing harm to crops in Bokaro district. “Potato, tomato, peas, mustard and its varieties, and leafy vegetables in several hectares of cultivable land were wilt in the pricing cold and due to dense fog. This has caused loss to the farmers of Lodhi, Chatrochati, Chhutu, Karikhurd, Chidri, Sidhawar, Hurlung and in other villages under Chatrochatti Police station at Bermo.”
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